Moving beyond Disappointments
By Mickey Keith on November 23, 20080 CommentsWe all have been disappointed in our lives.
We focus our activities, our ministry and even our relationships through the filter of this disappointment
John 5:2-8 AMP “Now there is in Jerusalem a pool near the Sheep Gate. This pool in the Hebrew is called Bethesda, having five porches (alcoves, colonnades, doorways). In these lay a great number of sick folk--some blind, some crippled, and some paralyzed (shriveled up)--waiting for the bubbling up of the water.
For an angel of the Lord went down at appointed seasons into the pool and moved and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was cured of whatever disease with which he was afflicted. There was a certain man there who had suffered with a deep-seated and lingering disorder for thirty-eight years.
When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, Do you want to become well? [Are you really in earnest about getting well?]
The invalid answered, Sir, I have nobody when the water is moving to put me into the pool; but while I am trying to come [into it] myself, somebody else steps down ahead of me. 8Jesus said to him, Get up! Pick up your bed (sleeping pad) and walk!”
Webster’s Dictionary—“Disappoint means…“To fail or meet the expectation of…To Frustrate”.
Have you had someone fail to meet your expectations, or frustrate you with their actions or words?
Now is the time to stop living and ministering out of the past…out of your hurt and wounds.
You see, our pain becomes our identity- This man at the pool was known as the `lame man’- The man with the deep-seated and lingering disorder…For 38 years, this was his identity. The same thing happens to us_ She is the divorced woman/He is the alcoholic/ She is the child of abuse/.
When you are labeled with your disorder, and look back to it as a reference point for everything you do and say, you miss the fulfillment of God’s blessing. Everything is seen through the paradigm of your pain.
Many people stopped growing and stopped developing at the point of their injury. Have you ever known of someone who `broke a growth plate’ in their arm or leg? When I was young, they warned us not to break that bone…Because everything stops growing at that point. Now with modern surgical and rehab procedures, recovery is a stronger possibility.
But how many people do you know who never got beyond the wound in their life? Maybe it was a divorce, a bankruptcy, or a death in the family. You can check back with some people years later, and they are at the same point emotionally and spiritually, because they never grew beyond the pain.
The pain has stunted their growth.
But my friend, we serve a God who desires to change us `from glory to glory’ “one level of grace and excellence to another”! Today, release your past…
Phil 3: 10-14 NIV “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus “
Let go of the disappointment, and Let God take you to another level of living!
Matthew 10:39 AMP “Whoever finds his [lower] life will lose it [the higher life], and whoever loses his [lower] life on My account will find it [the higher life].
No more low living for me- I serve a God of elevation and promotion…
When you hook up with El- Elyon (The Most High God) He elevates you!!
Don’t just hang around where God is…”Step into the water”... This is a season of troubled waters! You don’t have to wait for an angel to come and move something in the spirit, Your deliverance is available all the time!
But we make excuses and stop growing at the point of our pain…”Somebody didn’t open the door”…”I had no one to help me into the water”…”Nobody recognized my potential.”
We cannot use past hurts as an excuse to not do what God has called us to do.
Romans 11:29 AMP” For God's gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]
God’s call is as significant and authentic today as the day He pronounced it over your life.
Don’t let the enemy steal your desire, your vision and destiny through disappointment!
Our assignment isn’t to make us comfortable. It is to be light in a world of darkness; surrounded by those who don’t understand us…aren’t impressed by God’s call…and don’t even know when they have wounded us…
But we are still called to reach them.
Let Jesus Heal your wounds!
The question is---Do You really want to be healed? Forgive them! Change the Channel! Lift up your eyes!
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